This Thursday, 87-year-old Woody Allen took on a different kind of leading role: that of the compassionate soul who performs the Heimlich maneuver to save someone.
According to the New York Post, the troubled Jewish Oscar winner assisted his buddy Andrew Stein, a former mayor of Manhattan, when Stein choked on some pork at the Caravaggio restaurant on the Upper East Side last Tuesday.
Stein, a Jew, admitted, “I hate to say it, but Woody saved my life. “I usually get fish, but this time I chose pork,” said the customer.
Alan Dershowitz, a well-known attorney, and political analyst, attended the dinner with Allen, Stein, and Allen’s wife Soon-Yi Previn.
The Post said that Stein said, “It was like a scene from one of his movies,” that witness said the small Allen jumped to the rescue with “surprising strength and vigor.”
When he entered politics, the longstanding power broker Stein, who was also the New York City Council president from 1986 to 1994, abbreviated his name from Finkelstein.
His brother Jimmy Finkelstein formed The Messenger after holding a portion of The Hollywood Reporter and The Hill.
At the same time, his father, Jerry Finkelstein, served as the New York Law Journal’s publisher. The Democratic Stein left politics in the middle of the 1990s.
Stein was sentenced to 500 hours of community service in 2008 for failing to pay more than $1 million in income taxes.
In a recent op-ed that he co-wrote with Dershowitz titled “Why Biden might be the Dems’ last pro-Israel president,” Stein stated that he will now vote Republican due to the Democratic Party’s position on Israel.
(Dershowitz noted in his article that he “is planning to remain a Democrat and vote for Biden while seeking to marginalize the radical anti-Israel elements in that party.”)
According to the Post, Allen has performed the Heimlich maneuver to save another person in an Italian eatery on the Upper East Side.
In 1992, he rushed to the aid of Jean Doumanian, a former “Saturday Night Live” producer, at Primola on 2nd Avenue.